I’m in a tug-o-war,

a fierce competition


Only, it’s not a game,

but a battle


On the one side,

pulling me one direction,

is my longing for God,

my heaven-ward focus


And on the other,

the pull of the world

of distraction

of selfishness


And I feel that pull

that tug

that struggle


every.  single.  day


It’s not a horizontal battle

but a vertical tug o war



and downward


and I want You, God,



I am pulled

by so much



my own thoughts


the enemy


the list goes on and on



in the middle

of that taut rope

is a tied piece of ribbon


and I see that red cloth


my choices

my focus

my will


It is me taking my thoughts captive

to make them obedient to Christ


or me allowing defeat thoughts

to overtake my hours


It is me choosing prayer

over mindless hours of screen time


or me letting entertainment

step on creative, full living


It is me deliberately serving

and honoring my King


or me procrastinating

what He has asked me to do


Choices bringing my ribbon

ever upward

or yanking me downward


And I see that the anchor

of the heaven-ward side

is God Himself


always drawing me in

and looking for my eyes to fix on Him

not on the competition


and I decide which side

I want to be pulling on

for my own soul

and because I am called to more

than downward


– Susie Stewart


The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

– 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)


But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

– Matthew 6:33 (KJV)


So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

– James 4:7 (NLT)


But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

– 1 John 4:4 (NLT)


We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

– 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT)


Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, He does.

– 1 Peter 5:8-11 (MSG)


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

– 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)


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